If there’s one thing we enjoy doing here at 55places, it’s passing along useful information to homebuyers. Our comprehensive lists of best-selling active adult communities can help you discover what types of neighborhoods have wide-ranging appeal based on their location, pricing, housing choices, and amenities.
For now, we're now focusing on New York State, which has 76 retirement communities in its eastern region as well as Long Island. Though NYC’s exciting atmosphere is known around the world, abundant farms, rivers, mountains, and forests blanket much of the state. This—along with top healthcare, retirement-friendly taxes, and modern conveniences—make NY a top retirement destination.
Our top 10 list is based on the number of sales through 55places.com from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. For homebuyers seeking New York homes for sale, here are the best-selling active adult communities of 2019.
Below $100k - Mid $100s
Talk about affordable: With prices this low, living at Greenwood Village means you can devote more resources towards travel, dining, and spoiling those grandkids. This gated, established property of 512 resale attached and single-family ranch homes is a land-lease community, so residents own their homes and pay an additional monthly fee for the land.
The majority of these homes are single-families ranging from 900 to 1,300 square feet with one to three bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, attached garages, and options like Florida rooms and basements. The select number of townhomes come in at around 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms, one bathroom, and attached garages.
Located in Suffolk County, Manorville is near Sunrise Highway, Rock Hill Golf and Country Club, and Moriches Bay. On-site amenities include an outdoor pool, bocce ball courts, tennis courts, a community bus, and an RV parking lot. The welcoming clubhouse offers activity and game rooms, an exercise room, a ballroom, and a catering kitchen.
2. Leisure Village - Ridge, NY
Below $100k - Mid $200s
Also in Suffolk County, Leisure Village is a well-established, gated 55+ community less than five miles from Long Island’s northern shores. It has 1,500 resale attached homes, plus a 9-hole golf course, a beautiful clubhouse, an outdoor pool, and bocce ball courts.
The 11 attached models have one to two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and either street parking or attached garages. The monthly homeowners’ association (HOA) fee covers trash and snow removal, lawn care, and exterior building maintenance. A prime location puts Leisure Village between Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest and Brookhaven State Park, and the closest shopping center is 10 minutes away with a grocery store, a pharmacy, and restaurants.
3. Leisure Knoll - Ridge, NY
Low $200s - High $400s
Not only does Leisure Knoll sound like Leisure Ridge, but it’s only half-a-mile away. The home choices are different though, as Leisure Knoll has 701 resale single-family homes and no townhomes. There are a dozen models ranging from 655 to 1,135 square feet with two bedrooms, one to two bathrooms, and one-car garages.
Leisure Knoll’s clubhouse is a hub for activities, with bocce ball and tennis courts, an outdoor pool, an exercise room, a ballroom, and several gathering rooms. There’s also a community bus that takes residents to local shops to run errands. Homeowners also enjoy spending quality time at community events and activities like ceramics class, Bible study, Slimnastics, and Mah Jongg.
Below $100k - High $200s
First developed in 1959, Glenwood Village recently expanded and now offers 588 new and resale single-family homes. The newer section, Glenwood Oaks, has 13 attached models ranging from 1,050 to 1,758 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and carports or driveways. The original section, Glenwood Village, has six single-family models sized from 902 to 1,640 square feet with two or three bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, and carports or driveways.
Glenwood’s recreation center provides an exercise room, an arts and crafts studio, and an outdoor pool. Some of the most popular activities include fundraisers, bowling leagues, and group trips. Riverhead is by the Peconic Bay, where Long Island splits into its North and South Forks. Nearby landmarks include the Long Island Aquarium and Peconic Bay Medical Center.
Mid $100s - Mid $300s
Located in desirable Mount Sinai, Woodridge Strathmore Terrace is a gated, established retirement community with 226 resale ranch-style attached homes. They're sized from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet with one or two bedrooms, one or two bathrooms, parking spots or attached one-car garages, sunrooms, and private backyards. The monthly HOA fee provides for lawn care and snow removal.
Sporting types appreciate Woodridge’s shuffleboard, tennis, and bocce ball courts; outdoor pool; on-site miniature golf course; and exercise room in the private clubhouse. Friends and neighbors also spend time together at garden club, Canasta, holiday parties, comedy nights, and bus excursions. Day trips are frequently scheduled to spots like Port Jefferson, Heatherwood Golf Club, and the Vanderbilt Museum.
Mid $200s - Mid $500s
The Waterways at Moriches is an upscale 55+ community completed in 1999 with 343 resale attached homes in eight floor plans. They include two or three bedrooms, two or three bathrooms, attached one- or two-car garages, options like granite countertops and hardwood floors, and an HOA fee for certain community services.
Perhaps one of The Waterway’s best features is its private marina that offers homeowners exclusive access. The impressive clubhouse has an exercise room, a health spa, a media room, an outdoor pool, and tennis courts. The South Bay Medical Center is less than five miles away, and there are plenty of grocery stores, farmers markets, restaurants, and shops in the area. And when your errands are finished, there's outdoor fun to be had at spots like Smith Point County Park and Pine Hills Golf and Country Club.
High $400s - Mid $1Ms
For many active adults, retirement and golf go hand-in-hand, so communities like The Greens at Half Hollow are always in demand. Completed in 2005, this vibrant neighborhood has 1,200 resale condo and attached homes on a gated property about 40 miles east of New York City.
The two condominium models range from 1,100 to 1,140 square feet with two bedrooms, one-and-a-half to two bathrooms, walk-in closets, and private outdoor space. There are five attached models ranging from 1,940 to 3,200 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two or two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached one- or two-car garages. Larger models have dens, great rooms, and family rooms.
8. Leisure Glen - Ridge, NY
Low $200s - Mid $400s
This friendly gated community of 646 resale attached and single-family homes is less than two miles north of Leisure Village, putting it even closer to the North Shore. It has eight floor plans ranging from 1,140 to 1,685 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, one-and-a-half to two-car garages, and options like stainless steel appliances and granite countertops.
The well-appointed clubhouse has a crafts studio, an auditorium, a fitness center with a Nautilus Exercise Studio, and activity rooms. Outside, you’ll find bocce ball, pickleball, and tennis courts as well as an Olympic-size outdoor pool.
9. Heritage Hills - Somers, NY
High $200s - Low $700s
If you’re looking outside of Long Island, Heritage Hills in the Carmel area is an excellent choice. A gated golf course community, Heritage offers 2,600 resale condo and single-family homes and one of the longest lists of clubs and activities we’ve seen.
There's a small number of single-family detached homes on the property, ranging from 1,200 to 1,700 square feet with two bedrooms, two baths, and attached two-car garages. The majority are condos, with over 25 models offering 955 to 1,900 square feet, one to three bedrooms, one to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and carports or attached garages.
Membership to Somers National Golf Club is offered for a separate fee, and includes access to two courses, a driving range, and The Pinnacle Restaurant. Heritage Hills also has a modern clubhouse, with an exercise room, a sauna, a theater, hobby rooms, sports courts, and five outdoor pools.
High $200s - High $300s
Being a short drive from North Shore beach areas like Smithtown and Stony Brook, St. James is a sought-after Long Island zip code. It’s also near plenty of shopping centers with stores like Costco, Target, Home Depot, Trader Joe’s, and Whole Foods.
This mid-sized town is home to Fairfield at St. James, a gated 55+ neighborhood with 653 resale condo and attached homes. Most are condos, offering one or two bedrooms, one to two baths, and driveways or one-car garages. The select number of attached homes have three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and driveways or one-car garages.
Well-attended club activities include fundraiser luncheons, guest speakers, the Twin Ponds Senior Club, and the Tender Years Group. Some meet at the community clubhouse, which has meeting rooms, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, and tennis courts. There’s also a community bus service for residents.